The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that retired non-government officials of the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) are also entitled to medical attendance (medical reimbursement claims).
The directions were issued by a bench headed by Justice Ranjit Singh on a petition filed by former HPSC member Gobind Thukral, who retired in July 1997.
The petitioner had brought to the notice of the bench that he had been drawing pension admissible to him since his retirement and was entitled to all benefits as retired Haryana Public Service Commission member.
After his retirement, Thukral had to undergo an eye operation at the Post Graduate Institute, Chandigarh.
When he submitted the medical bills for reimbursement a reply was received from Haryana Public Service Commission that facility of medical reimbursement is available to the government employees only.
Thukral was informed that non-official members of the commission like him do not fall in the ambit of the definition of government employees.
In reply to the letter, the petitioner wrote to the secretary, HPSC that the facility under medical attendance rules 1940, was applicable to the members of the commission irrespective of the fact whether they have previously been government employees or not.
The petitioner also filed an application under the Right to Information Act seeking information if any other retired member of the HPSC has ever been given medical reimbursement.
The official reply came that there was no provision to grant medical reimbursement to the retired members of Haryana Public Service Commission.
However, Thukral managed to get some information about the reimbursement of medical claims of two former HPSC members, Rati Ram Sharma and Gopi Chand Bhalla, who were not government officials earlier.